AFC Emley suffered a setback in their attempt to move away from the relegation zone, losing 3-2 despite a gutsy effort at home to promotion-chasing Winterton Rangers last night.
Goals either side of half time put the skids under AFC and they were three down before Alan Laud (penalty) and Chris Prasher inspired late hopes of earning a draw.
In a quiet opening period, Emley had the better opportunities to take the lead.
First the impressive Dave Wallace had a left-foot effort turned wide and, from the resulting corner, centre-back Joe Pinnock headed against the woodwork.
Emley paid two minutes before the break when, from a short corner, they allowed Andy Catton to sneak in and drill a firm shot past Graham McLachlan.
The second half began the same way as inside two minutes Rob Northern collected a hopeful long ball and, after a clever turn, coolly fired home.
After 65 minutes Emley looked buried when Northern struck again, heading in from a yard, but five minutes later they were awarded a penalty when Prasher was brought down, Laud doing the honours and then, with 15 minutes to go, Prasher scored himself, pouncing in the area.
Emley pushed hard for an equaliser towards the end, but it wouldn't come.
Emley - McLachlan; Dennis (Prasher 48), Pinnock (Bramald 74), Hazelden, Clarke; Mann, Laud, Robinson, Wallace; James (Green 82), Wood.